At Stillar Psychological we provide counselling services for children and adolescents. We offer a variety of approaches to working with kids that utilize therapeutic play, games, and activities to help engage them in the therapy process and allow them to express themselves in a number of ways.
We also believe in the tremendous healing power of parents and families. Based in this perspective, we often use a family-focused approach wherein parents and caregivers are treated as vital members of their child's treatment team.
We find that including parents in the treatment process, whether by providing them with information about their child's illness, discussing family patterns that may be inadvertently maintaining the illness, or teaching them skills that might be helpful in coping with their child's behaviors, can be very powerful for recovery.
At Stillar Psychological, we recognize the power of attachment. Parents and children are emotionally and neurologically connected. We attempt to harness the power of that bond to help facilitate the treatment and recovery process. This is often done by supporting parents to take an active role in their child's treatment. With continued support and guidance by their child's counsellor, we believe that parents can learn all the skills they need to help their child recover and flourish.
Amanda Stillar is a certified advanced EFFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. She provides EFFT in Edmonton for child counselling and family counselling.
We also understand that this approach may not be the best fit for every family. Please explore below for alternative services for children and adolescents.
Emotion Focused Family Therapy is a modality that aims to help parents and caregivers support a child or loved one of any age who is struggling with emotional, behavioural, and mental health concerns.
We believe that parents and caregivers have tremendous power to help. We offer a supportive environment to learn more about family systems and provide practical skills training in emotion regulation and behaviour coaching.
At Stillar Psychological, we respect the autonomy of every individual. It is important for children and adolescents to feel that they have a safe space to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. This may mean meeting with a counsellor on their own, without having their parents actively involved. In this way, Stillar Psychological is flexible in providing services that feel like the best fit to the child/adolescent and their parents.
If you have any questions or concerns about counselling for your child or adolescent, please contact us for a brief consultation.
If you would like to book an initial consultation to discuss child counselling or family counselling please contact us to speak with a child psychologist or family counsellor.
If you have any questions or concerns we are happy to provide a free 15-minute consultation to answer any questions you may have.